Yazidi Cultural Archives launch


Pioneering digital archives of the culture of the Yazidis, a minority community in northern Iraq thatsuffered genocide at the hands of the Da’esh in 2014, were published today by the United Nations (UN) on Google’s Arts and Culture platform. The Yazidi Cultural Archives, which are globally accessible and available in English and Arabic, comprise four online exhibitions created by 16 Yazidi women working in collaboration with Yazda, a community-led organisation that protects and champions Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minority communities, together with Community Jameel, CULTURUNNERS, the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology and Nobody’s Listening. An evaluation of the impact of the archives on the psychological wellbeing of participants is being supported by New York University (NYU) Arts and Health initiative and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Arts and Health programme.

A meeting to celebrate the archives was held at Yazda headquarters in Duhok, Iraq on October 20, 2022 and the archives will officially be launched at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France on October 26, 2022.

Salle du Haut Conseil, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
7pm - 9pm
This event is by invitation only
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Malaeen Luqman Khalaf

Workshop Participant, Yazidi Cultural Archives

Nathalie Bondil

Director of Museums and Exhibitions, Institut du Monde Arabe

Jack Lang

President, Institut du Monde Arabe

Haider Elias

Co-founder and President, Yazda

Benoit Tabaka

Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google France

Christopher Bailey

Co-director, Jameel Arts & Health Lab

George Richards

Director, Community Jameel



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